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Saturday, August 25, 2012

3rd in Canada Fitness Short and more updates......

3rd Place Fitness for Canada

What a whirlwind summer it has been!  I got into the leanest shape of my life but yet again life decided to challenge me with obstacles before my provincial competition with knee injury then other things which inhibited my ability to make nationals in the lean condition I wanted.  Yet I did not give up.  I almost did not do nationals and was wavering the night before registration......but I followed my instincts and am so glad I did, I entered and due to lower number of girls entering my class I made qualification for next year by default!

Although I did not look top 3 worthy in my 'trainer' eye, I made top 3, third place in Canada for Fitness Short and the Michael Jackson routine in this case seems to have increased my placing unlike the BCs where it brought me down to second- different judges with differing opinions I suppose.  I am also so happy with all the work all these years I have put toward my backside!  Crowing achievement for me.
Had I come in lean I think I could have had a great chance for first and overall even with my watered down routine - so with this best placing yet and what I know, I am rearing to go for next year and do not have to go back to the Provincials next year where the judging for me seems to be the most challenging.

I am now hoping Nationals comes back to Vancouver next year as it makes the whole comp prep etc so much easier and cheaper for me.  This year was to be my year or so I thought but I guess the universe thought I was not quite ready yet.  I did enjoy the results and prep regardless of all the hell going on around me, I think keeping focused kept me sane.

ACL and Mensicii tears

I was called in for a surgery date Aug 31st but due to the calendar project I am trying to lift off the timing is not ideal but in order to be in full jumping gymnastics condition by next Nationals I do have to get in by beg of Oct at the latest so I am putting those prayers out there!!!  It could be 6-8 months rehab depending on if they can fix my meniscus......I almost wonder if I should not, they said my knee will be the same anyway and it shortens healing time....hmmmm.  The hardest thing to do is hold me down, longer healing time is not appealing but if I have to I will.  The doctor is amazed I can walk and considering how strong I am he, and many of my network firmly believe it was the stress I was dealing with this year which caused my knee to go and you know what, I agree.  Our body manifests stress in other ways if you keep it in and I kept it all to myself for months maybe years, still kinda am but working on it as I have an amazing support of friends and few family members who have been checking on me and sending love.


I have had a marathon of photo shoots, some for magazine submissions and some for promo and they vary from bodyfat stages which is very cool!  I was sad that the one shoot I did very lean I was also under a tremendous amount of stress and you can see it in my face, I look sick, so some of those shots are sad, my body looks terrific, shredded but my face looks dark, gaunt, sunken and sickly so it ruins some of the shots. 

I am hoping to do more shoots indoors throughout the cooler season as well.  Some opportunities did come up but being 5'3" had an impact on my castings so I wait for the right opps to come which fit my body type!
Keep your eyes open on my facebook page for new photos posted daily, articles which are to be published soon and magazine features!
Make sure to visit my fan pages and click LIKE:
Linda Cusmano Fitness Figure
Body Rush Personal Training

I will be booking forward for any modeling work as well so anyone seeking a fitness model, here I am come and get me!

Fitness Training

Personal training is now settling in since my change over in the gyms I use, Sept is coming and the new clients are signing up, old ones who took time off are coming out of the woodwork seeking to get back into shape before Winter hits and holidays dictate indulgences.  The gym change was devastating to my business due to new fees and location difference but such is life, and you rebuild.

Pair training is popular right now, 2 people share the session and its costs.  I do have space for 1-2 more pairs so anyone interested and local to Vancouver can contact me to set up a schedule for your weekly ass kicking!

I have a  few new projects on the go for modeling workshops and (ANNOUNCEMENT) a weekly online bikini workout for those girls seeking to look like the bikini division competitors and model, the soft, sleek and sultry look. 

I am also going to be posting 'exercise of the week' videos to challenge you to try some new exciting exercises for fun, a taste of training along with me, and I will encourage you to video yourself or take pics of yourself doing them and share them!!!  I encourage many of you to try them and incorporate them into your workouts, especially if you hit a wall and are tired of the same old or just wanna have fun, feel strong and show off a lil!!

Travel Training


I have had numerous offers to be flown out for a week to clients outside of my area to work with and train them, teach them nutrition etc for a week intensive, setting them up and then monitoring from distance with future visits.  I have had to decline these for many years but am now able to look at this option for future requests so anyone interested can contact me.

Enjoy the rest of summer everyone!!!  Lots of Angel Luv to you all!!

Linda Cusmano

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